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Perfect on Paper (The (Mis)Adventures of Waverly Bryson) Paperback – February 9, 2010
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“A light and funny read…If you’ve ever felt like your life wasn’t going the way you’d planned, then you can’t help but connect with Waverly’s tale.” (Becky Lejeune for Bookbitch.com)
Anything can look perfect on paper. When her fiancé calls off their wedding at the last minute, Waverly Bryson wonders if her life will ever turn out the way she thought it would...or should. Her high-powered job in sports PR? Not so perfect. Her relationship with her dad? Far from it. Her perfect marriage? Enough said. To keep sane, Waverly makes a habit of jotting down "Honey Notes," her own brand of self-deprecating wisdom and a pipe-dream for a line of greeting cards.
As Waverly stumbles back into the dating scene (no stalkers or jean shorts, please), her personal and professional lives threaten to collide. Perfect on Paper reminds us that everyone has a bad date (or twelve), and that everyone eventually needs a best friend to tell them, “Honey, you are not alone.”
10 First Date Don'ts Waverly Bryson Has Learned the Hard Way, by Maria Murnane
1. Don’t order spaghetti
2. Don’t take off your sweater unless you’re SURE you’re wearing something underneath it
3. Don’t be afraid to get up and leave if the guy:
a. starts texting4. Don’t overdo the self-tanner
b. brings up his ex-girlfriend and/or wife
c. doesn’t order alcohol immediately
5. Don’t feel guilty if you find the waiter more appealing than your date
6. Don’t have more than one or two drinks
7. Don’t forget his name
8. Don’t allude to anything in the future
9. Don’t be afraid to order your own dessert
10. Don’t worry--it will be over soon enough
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The first year post breakup only netted Waverly three dates, and all of them were duds until meeting Jake McIntyre at a trade show in Atlanta. She had made a fool of herself getting drunk, and leaving a slow dance mid way through to throw up in the ladies room. After that fiasco, she spent most of her free time with best friends McKenna and Andie opting to cut her losses when it came to men.
Since everything else in her life was falling apart it was par for the course that her perfect professional life in PR was unraveling around her. She was passed over for an assignment to a new account, and then an account that she had spent years on, was given to her nemesis. When it was getting to the point that she couldn't force herself to be there anymore, fate stepped in a turned all aspects of her life upside down.
This was a light funny read. Waverly is a multi layered complete klutz that has the philosophy it is either laugh or cry in most situations. She tries to find the humor in it the majority of the time. I think Murphy is her enemy because Murphy's Law definitely shadows her. What can, usually does go wrong. A good effort from this new author. Only one criticism that really made me cringe is her constant reference to men as boys. It was always I met a boy when there are so many other words to use, and that just doesn't sound right coming from a thirty-year-old woman.
This is probably one of the best books I have read all year. I laughed so hard, so loud and so many times throughout this book and when I wasn't laughing, I was smiling. Waverly is easy to identify with and the friends she surrounds herself with are as unforgettable and just as loveable as she is herself.
Waverly is not without flaws or faults and the reader gets to see her make mistakes, get laughed at, laugh at herself, learn and grow... All the while the author makes sure you don't want to set the book down, ever. The dates she goes out on are hilariously horrifying and unfortunately some are hauntingly familiar. Ladies, I challenge you not to find at least one of your former dates in this book.
As intriguing and wonderful a heroine as Waverly is, this book wouldn't be anything without the supporting cast. It's really not just about Waverly, but about her and her relationships with her girlfriends, men friends, work chums and even her father. How each relationship shapes her in some way and how she finds and sees herself among them.
At the beginning of each chapter in this well told tale is a sampling of Waverly's greeting card line that she has been writing.Read more ›
This story is obviously written for, and perhaps by, 16-year-old girls who got their idea of being "grown up" from watching "Sex and the City" and "The Real World."
Waverly Bryson is a "career girl" in San Francisco set to marry the rich, handsome man of her dreams, until he calls off the wedding, just weeks before the big, society-page ceremony they'd planned. (This all happens by page two so I'm not giving anything away.)
The story then follows Waverly ("like the cracker" ... a joke made dozens of times that's got to fly over the head of the target demo by more than a decade; I'm in my mid-30s and barely remember what they're talking about), through her post-dump depression (over in a few pages) and her return to the dating pool, for one ridiculously bad date after another. Of course, if she didn't insist on dating only "hot" guys, and getting blind drunk nightly, perhaps she'd avoid the stream of losers and users she goes out with.
There's no real peril for our heroine, whose eventual romantic happy-ever-after you can put together before you crack the cover.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very well written and laugh out loud funny. Truly enjoyed all four novels in the series. It is absolutely wonderful to pick up a book and feel so close to the characters. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
So, the first 75% of this book is slow and nothing happens. Then towards the last 25% things start happening.Published 8 days ago by Tiffany
I never put spoilers in my reviews.
This book is like good champagne-a little tart, a little sweet...with bubbles. Read more
This is such a cute story. If you are having Sex and the City withdrawals, I think it can fill the void. I particularly loved Waverly’s clumsy moments. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Shelly Mateer, Author, Single in the CIA and Mingling in the CIA
When I was in college, my favorite genre of books to read was chick lit because of how light and fluffy they are (not to mention the pretty pink covers! Read morePublished 18 days ago by KB
Entertaining and funny and cute. Girly book creative Nd spunky. It was fun to read something fun and light. Great read for a young woman..Published 1 month ago by Saundra Havlin
Only wish I could be friends with Waverly in real life! Fun, light reading. Will be downloading the next one right now!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Cute book, but about 150 pages too long. I kept on waiting for something big to happen for the book to be so long. Sadly, there wasn't.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Silly. I know different books are written for different age people, but come on. This book is for preteens. Girls who have not yet actually lived very much of their lives. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Chickadee655